I will find it difficult to find a better recording than this. The wonderful combination of some Wagner's greatest music with the superlative playing of the Berlin Phil under Karajan is a joy and worth all praise. I don't understand the technical aspect of remastering but whatever it is long may it continue
I recommend this unhesitatingly to anyone who loves fine, thoroughly well-wrought, profoundly emotive music, evoking @ once epic grandeur & acute sensitivity.. performance & recording here merely permit this sterling music to speak very eloquently for itself.
I've only recently bought this, but it's already up there amongst my very favourite CDs. Karajan was born to play Wagner, his trademark "legato" at it's very best in particular on track 2, the Prelude from Lohengrin, Act 1, which is absolutely sublime. It reminds me of angels making their way up to heaven and getting "blown away" at the climax of the long crescendo as they arrive at the gates! (Probably not quite what Wagner had in mind, though).
Someone on Amazon's USA site wrote "These are some of the most passionate, romantic and utterly thrilling performances of Wagner orchestral music you can hope to hear". I only wish it were a 2 CD box, so it could include my favourite Ride of the Valkyries and more. It was recorded in 1974 when Karajan had spent years forming the BPO into the best orchestra in the world. Digitally remastered in 2001, so the recording quality is excellent.